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ARIANNA MCKEE/THE EXPRESS A young Mountain Laurel cultivar (Kalmia Latifolia “Firecracker”) blooms in a garden in Jersey Shore.

With Mountain Laurel now in bloom, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is offering information on educational and interpretive programs that are offered free to the public in Tiadaghton State Forest over the next two week. There are seven different opportunities to view the state flower through guided hikes and driving tours detailed by Vinny Curtis, Environmental Education Specialist for the Bureau of Forestry.

Mountain Laurel Hike, Broken Tip

On Friday, June 11, come see the beauty of Pennsylvania’s state flower in bloom and learn about its natural history on a 2.5-mile moderate hike through a patch of mountain laurel. The group will be hiking the Broken Tip Ski Trail, along Skyline Drive. The group will meet at 6 p.m. at the PennDot rest area along the southbound side of PA-15, south of Williamsport but north of the Surplus Outlet grocery store and will then all drive up to the trailhead together.

Mountain Laurel Hike, Broken Tip

On Saturday, June 12, see the beauty of Pennsylvania’s state flower in bloom and learn about its natural history on a 2.5-mile moderate hike through a patch of mountain laurel. The group will be hiking the Broken Tip Ski Trail, along Skyline Drive. We will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the PennDot rest area along the southbound side of PA-15, south of Williamsport but north of the Surplus Outlet grocery store and will then all drive up to the trailhead together.

Mountain Laurel Hike, Bear Paw

On Saturday, June 12, hikers will learn about mountain laurel’s natural history on a 2.5-mile moderate hike through a patch of mountain laurel. Participants will be hiking the Bear Paw Ski Trail, which is along Sand Springs Road, off PA-880 just south of Ravensburg State Park. We will be meeting at 1.m. at the intersection of Sand Springs Road, Kalbfleish Road, and Krape Road.

Mountain Laurel Hike, Pump Station

Pennsylvania’s state flower can be seen Friday, June 18, on a 2.5-mile moderate hike through a patch of mountain laurel. For this hike, the group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Forestry maintenance yard on Manor Fork Road just off PA-44, about 20-miles north of Waterville.

Mountain Laurel Hike, Pitch Pine

On Friday, June 18 the mountain laurel will be viewed on a 2.5-mile moderate hike through a patch of mountain laurel. For this hike we will be hiking the Pitch Pine Ski Trail, about 9-miles north of Waterville on PA-44 and hikers will be meeting at 6 p.m. at the trailhead parking area along PA-44.

Mountain Laurel

Driving Tour

Follow along in your car across blacktop roads and gravel forestry roads to see the state flower in bloom on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The mountain laurel is in bloom! Follow along in your car as we traverse a mix of blacktop roads and gravel forestry roads to view Pennsylvania’s beautiful state flower in bloom.The group will stop a few times to get a closer to look at the flowers, learn about their natural history, and take in the view of a couple of vistas along the way. We will meet and end at the Tiadaghton Resource Management Center (10 Lower Pine Bottom Road Waterville, PA 17776), at 10 a.m.

Mountain Laurel Hike, Pump Station

Take a 2.5 mile moderate hike through patches of mountain laurel on Saturday, June 19. For this hike, the group we will be meeting at 2 p.m. at the Forestry maintenance yard on Manor Fork Road just off PA-44, about 20-miles north of Waterville.

Coordinates that can be copy and pasted into Google/Apple Maps, or typed into a GPS are (41.468558, -77.566321). Registration required. If you have any questions, need more information, or need further directions, please contact environmental educator Vinny Curtis at vicurtis@pa.gov or (570) 753-5409 x 132. Free program.

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